On the 15th October 1980 I joined a lot of other Bilston people to watch the final demolition of the Elisabeth blast furnace. I took up a position on Millfields Road. At about 9.40 am this is what I saw:
|There was the office block and the old familiar Elisabeth furnace, still standing.
|But at 10 o'clock ...
|... there was a bang and a puff of smoke blew out of the bottom of the furnace.
|Elisabeth started to fall ...
|... and came crashing down.
|Then everything disappeared in a cloud of dust - and people started bobbing up and own to see what was going on.
|The dust started to settle and we started to see what had happened.
|After a few minutes we could see Elisabeth was gone. It was all over and we all turned for home.
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